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January 01, 2002

She says she wants to keep living in her home. We say it starts by keeping on her feet.

For older people striving to maintain their independence, a fundamental consideration is preventing falls.

Each year, one out of every three older people falls-accounting for 40% of new nursing home admissions. Many falls result in hip fractures, a severe injury to this group that can lead to long-term hospitalization, debilitating psychological effects, and even death. For helpful tips on how exercise and home environment adjustments can combine to reduce the risks of falls, contact the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. To learn more, visit orthoinfo.org.

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